Dealing with Pets after Separation, Part 2: Going to Court

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In the first half of this article, I wrote about the laws on personal property that might apply when a couple can’t agree on how they’ll manage their pets after they separate. In this half, I’ll talk about the sorts of orders you can and can’t ask the court to make about pets, assuming you […]

Dealing with Pets after Separation, Part 1: Understanding the Law on Personal Property

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Family law is about how serious cohabiting relationships start and end, how children are cared for after separation, how the bills are paid after separation, and how the property and debts that accumulated during a relationship are split when it ends. Despite the folks who’d very much like to apply for custody of or access […]

Responding to Children’s Refusal to Visit After Separation – Part 3

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In the first part of this article, I wrote about the research on children who refuse to visit a parent after separation and how children’s relationship with a parent can sometimes break down for reasons other than the interfering actions of the other parent. In the second part, I talked about the warning signs that […]

Parental Alienation – Part 2

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In the previous part of this article, I talked about Richard Gardner’s concept of parental alienation syndrome, some of the controversy Gardner’s theory raised in the mental health community and the important contributions made by Joan Kelly and Janet Johnston when they distinguish cases of parental alienation from situations in which children have become justifiably […]

When Children Refuse to Visit: Alienation and Estrangement in Family Law Disputes

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Separation is a difficult time for parents, even those who “consciously uncouple” like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. The emotional trauma of separation becomes significantly more challenging, however, when the legal consequences of separation steer parents toward conflict in court rather than compromise out of court. In this three-part article, I’m going to talk about […]


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